Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards: Nominate city’s green champions

Headteacher Karen Wilson, far right, of Tinsley Nursery School in Sheffield, receives a cheque from E.on representatives Luke Ellis and Karin Burke for �6,000 to help renovate the outdoor play area.
Headteacher Karen Wilson, far right, of Tinsley Nursery School in Sheffield, receives a cheque from E.on representatives Luke Ellis and Karin Burke for �6,000 to help renovate the outdoor play area.

THE search is on for this year’s green champions in Sheffield - we want YOUR nominations.

For the sixth year, the Sheffield Telegraph is launching its Environment Awards to highlight some of the outstanding contributions to to protecting the environment over the last 12 months.

Now’s the time to nominate individuals, schools, community groups and businesses who have made a real difference to the Sheffield area.

Sponsored by E.ON, the awards ceremony will be staged on Monday, October 15.

The Sheffield Telegraph awards scheme has proved so successful that it won an environment prize itself this year – in the regional press community awards.

Here, E.ON outline why they are backing the awards:

Working in partnership with forward-thinking cities means we can make a real difference in reducing carbon emissions and energy costs while at the same time creating jobs and supporting community projects.

That’s the view of E.ON, the Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards 2012 main sponsor, which has been working with Sheffield City Council for the last 18 months as part of its Sustainable Cities initiative, bringing together private and public sector organisations to work alongside one another, developing energy projects to put people in command of the energy they use.

As well as its many thousands of business and residential customers across the city, E.ON already has an office base at Dearne Valley and is currently building the Blackburn Meadows biomass renewable energy plant that will convert recycled waste wood into electricity for around 40,000 homes.

And it is right across the energy world where E.ON is looking to help people cut their energy consumption, their bills and their carbon emissions.

“Our relationship with energy is changing,” said Luke Ellis, Construction Manager at Blackburn Meadows, “and as an energy company we want to go far beyond simply supplying the power and gas our customers need to run their daily lives.

“People know a lot about how we’re generating energy in different ways, and how we’re helping our customers to use less and lose less energy through better insulation or things like solar panels, but one of the main elements of our City Partnership here in Sheffield is to think differently and plot the journey towards a sustainable Sheffield in the future.

“One example might be taking control of household waste, diverting that rubbish from landfill and using it to generate biogas that could either heat our homes or power a lower-carbon bus fleet. It’s all about joining up the different elements of city life to provide a sustainable solution.”

Backing up its claim of wanting to involve customers at every stage of the process, in January, E.ON launched its Reset Review which is designed to examine every aspect of the company’s relationship with its customers – from tariffs and bills to how customers pay, how products are sold and how support is offered.

E.ON’s Reset Review continues to identify and discuss changes with customers through its 28,000-strong YourSay panel, its independent Customer Council, its 1,000-strong MySay employee panel and through discussions with consumer advocacy groups such as Which? and Consumer Focus.

For further information, details of the improvements made to date or to join customers already on the YourSay panel, please visit

NOMINATION FORM: The official nomination form for this year’s Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards, sponsored by E.ON,is in this week’s Sheffield Telegraph.

You can still get a copy from our shop in York Street, Sheffield - or by writing to Promotions Department, The Sheffield Telegraph, York Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S11PU.